28 Facts About Alphonso Taft


Alphonso Taft was an American jurist, diplomat, politician, Attorney General and Secretary of War under President Ulysses S Grant.

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Alphonso Taft was the founder of the Taft political dynasty, and father of President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.

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Alphonso Taft reformed the War Department by allowing commanders at Indian forts to choose who could start and run post traderships, and by making reductions in wasteful military spending.

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Attorney General Alphonso Taft coauthored a bill to Congress, signed into law by President Grant, that created the Elections Commission that settled the controversial Hayes-Tilden presidential election.

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Alphonso Taft had a reputation for serving political office with integrity and character.

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Alphonso Taft was a rare and modern 19th politician who supported black voting rights and who reduced government corruption while holding office.

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Alphonso Taft then taught school to earn money to attend Amherst Academy.

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Alphonso Taft entered Yale College in 1829 and he graduated four years later in 1833.

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Alphonso Taft helped create the secret society known as Skull and Bones in 1832 with William Huntington Russell.

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Alphonso Taft subsequently studied law at the Yale Law School and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1838.

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In 1839 Alphonso Taft migrated to Cincinnati where he was a member of the Cincinnati City Council, and became one of the most influential citizens of Ohio.

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Alphonso Taft was a member of the boards of trustees of the University of Cincinnati, Antioch College, and Yale College.

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Alphonso Taft formed a law firm with Thomas Marshall Key and William M Dickson in April 1854.

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Alphonso Taft was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856, and that year made an unsuccessful run for the United States House of Representatives against George H Pendleton.

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Alphonso Taft was a judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati from 1866 to 1872 when he resigned to practice law with two of his sons.

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Alphonso Taft was the first president of the Cincinnati Bar Association, serving in 1872.

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Alphonso Taft was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in October 1876.

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Alphonso Taft had a good reputation as a lawyer and, importantly, was connected to business interests.

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Alphonso Taft entered office with his "accustomed zeal and good judgment".

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Alphonso Taft made a series of reforms to the War Department to restore its reputation and entanglements caused by Belknap's humiliating resignation.

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Alphonso Taft reversed War Department policy by having commanders at U S military forts in the West, rather than the Secretary of War, choose who would run post trader ships.

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Alphonso Taft likewise ordered his Bureau and Commandant Department heads to lower their military expenditures.

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In October 1876, after the highly contested Hayes-Tilden presidential election, Attorney General Alphonso Taft supported President Grant's use of the military in South Carolina and Mississippi to suppress violence against African Americans in the South.

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Alphonso Taft gave a lengthy speech in New York outlining the atrocities committed by Southerners against blacks in the South.

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Alphonso Taft was again an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Ohio in 1879, this time against Charles Foster.

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Alphonso Taft was a member of the Alphonso Taft family political dynasty.

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Alphonso Taft's son, William Howard Taft, was the 27th president of the United States and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States, and was a member of Yale's Skull and Bones like his founder father; another son, Charles Phelps Taft, supported the founding of Wolf's Head Society at Yale; both his grandson and great-grandson, Robert A Taft I and Robert Taft Jr.

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William Howard Taft III was ambassador to Ireland; William Howard Taft IV worked in several Republican administrations, most recently that of George W Bush.

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